Monday, March 26, 2012

Long Lake, Grant County, Washington



 Mid Draft Boats, Motors Allowed
Long Lakes west shore is on the wildlife boundaries and the east shore is within state lands called the Sheep Lakes area, so all camping and recreational lake access is on the east shoreline. Swimming is not allowed on wildlife refuge lands but is ok in the State Sheep Lake lands. The Potholes Canal enters the northwest end of the lake and exists the southeast end. Fisherman with power boats travel up either end of the canal. Kayaking this lake is enjoyable and paddling up stream in the Potholes Canal is difficult due to the strong current but is do-able for the fit and go all the way to Pillar Lake at good 4 mile trip. Entering the canal on the southeast end of the lake takes you to Crescent Lake, but returning again can be difficult due to the strong currents so paddling all the way to Othello is your take-out point a good 15 mile trip. There are no take-out points once entering the canal until Othello. Also one can access Sage Lake to the north, there is only about 200 feet the separate the lakes. SEE the Potholes Canal Chain Lakes section for more access info. Fishing: Rainbow Trout; Walleye; Large & Small Mouth Bass; Crappie; Perch; Bluegill; Whitefish. Directions: From Moses Lake take HWY 17 south toward Othello; turn right (west) on HWY 262/O'Sullivan Dam Road. Approximately 2 miles up the road on your left (south) you will see the entrance to Sheep Lake Rd. Follow this road all the way to Long & Sage Lake sign. Turn right/northwest to access the Long Lake Boat Launch and primitive camping areas. Maps: To view a map click on http://www.mapquest.com and type in Potholes State Park, WA. pan southeast to view this Lake.
Public Gravel Boat Launch
Pelicans relaxing on Long Lake

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